MAXWELL BENNETT BATES, R.C.A.
watercolour and ink
signed and dated “Sept. 1967”
21.5 ins x 15 ins; 35.6 cms x 53.3 cms
Bates’ work typically incorporates themes of isolation and alienation. In 1967, the year this watercolour was executed, Canada was celebrating a centennial year. Bates was living in Vancouver, having moved from Calgary in 1962. Vancouver was undergoing a programme of urban renewal which resulted in the sorts of evictions depicted here. Specific neighbourhoods were disrupted, some might even say targeted, including those primarily inhabited by ethnic minorities.
Private Collection, Newfoundland